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Michael Adamcryck - 17/18 Chair
Kathy O’Brien- 17/18 Vice-Chair
Bruce Tessier - 17/18 Vice-Chair
Abram Benedict
Lynn Bowering
Sean Burns (Support Staff Rep.)
Ginette Ferguson
Robin Hicks (Administration Rep.)
Denis Martel
Denise Nielsen (Faculty Rep.)
Michelle Podhy
Roger Richard
Gregory Ridge (Student Rep.)
Steve Thompson
Trea Tuck
Glenn Vollebregt - Ex-Officio

Michael Adamcryck

Chair 17/18

Michael Adamcryck is an innovative leader with extensive executive experience in the banking industry along with a focus on small-to-large corporations as well retail and manufacturing start-up/expansion. With a demonstrated record of achievement developing people and leading organizations from a deficit position to a balanced position while adding new revenue streams, Michael is a change management executive possessing the ability to lead organizations through collaboration, implementing new programs and technologies. A proven leader with a demonstrated ability to lead teams as a high energy and personable team player with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Michael combines visionary leadership with an ability to develop strategy and partnerships ensuring success at operations, sales and marketing levels of business.

Through his company, Adamcryck & Associates Inc., Michael is currently focused on investing, financing and providing advice regarding, growth, expansion, acquisitions and succession planning to small and medium sized enterprises within Leeds & Grenville, primarily in the role as an active private investor. While Adamcryck & Associates Inc. focuses on the retail and service industry, they actively pursue all industries and stage of development. 

Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University along with a Graduate Degree in Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University. Michael lives in Brockville with his wife Amanda and son Burke.

 

 Michael Adamcryk

Kathy O'Brien

Vice-Chair 17/18

Kathy O’Brien leads Queen’s University’s international strategy and was instrumental in developing the Queen’s first comprehensive international plan.  She is responsible for a multidisciplinary approach of coordination and communication across the university and with strategic international partners to ensure that the key performance indicators related to international research, international mobility, international enrolment and international at home are progressing. She works closely with all units and academic faculties across campus to assess risks and strategically promote Queen’s profile internationally.

Kathy’s previous experience at Queen’s includes roles as Major Gift Development Officer where she worked in the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Health Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Most recently, she was the Executive Director in the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

Kathy brings extensive experience, skills, and knowledge from over a decade years working in the higher education sector, and over a decade working in the private sector. She worked for the international executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, in Toronto, Ontario, working with multinational clients. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Carleton University and a Master’s of Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University.  She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors, and the Chair of the Academic Committee of the Board  for  St. Lawrence College.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Bureau for International Education.  She serves as member of the Interim Advisory Board of the international Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) and the Senate Committee on Academic Development at Queen’s University.


 Kathy OBrien

Bruce Tessier

Vice-Chair 17/18

Bruce Tessier is a certified financial planner and portfolio manager with BMO Nesbitt Burns. He has been employed in the financial services industry for the past 28 years. Bruce is also quite active in the community and has served as president for the heart stroke foundation Cornwall, fundraiser for the major gift campaign of the Cornwall community Hospital foundation as well as the St. Lawrence College make a difference campaign.

As a former graduate of the business administration finance program, Bruce also serves as a director with the St. Lawrence College foundation and was appointed to the board of governors effective September 2013.

 Bruce Tessier

Grand Chief Abram Benedict

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne three-year term of office 2015-2018

Abram Benedict a lifetime resident of Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island) and is now serving his first term as Grand Chief.  His goals for his first term as Grand Chief include providing greater accountability and transparency mechanisms, greater engagement with community through social media to encourage instant community member feedback, meaningful job creation, increased economic development, and relationship building. In position of Grand Chief Abram would like to ensure our youth have a prosperous future, such as his fifteen year-old daughter Havana.

He had previously served three terms as District Chief of Kawehno:ke. Within that capacity, he served as Portfolio Chairman for social services and housing, and was Portfolio Co-Chair for education.

Prior to Grand Chief Abram’s terms on Council, his work experience was in the private business sector and attended Algonquin College.

 Abram Benedict

Lynn Bowering 

Lynn Bowering holds a Master’s degree in planning from the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, which awarded her a Distinguished Alumna award for her work in health planning. 

Lynn worked in the Ontario health system for more than twenty years, including eight years as the Executive Director of two District Health Councils.  From 2003 to 2013, she operated her own consulting business, specializing in strategic planning, facilitation and organizational development, mostly in the health and social service field.

Lynn has served on several boards in the non-profit health and social services field, and as a Provincial appointee to two Provincial agencies.  She is a resident of Kingston.

 

 Lynn Bowering

Sean Burns (Support Staff Rep.)

Sean is the Campus Technologist, ITS for the Brockville Campus at St. Lawrence College. He is an SLC Alumni, graduate of the Electronics Engineering Technician Program (K-2000) and has worked for at College since 2001 starting with the former School of Technology and Trades in Kingston before moving to the ITS department and the Brockville Campus in 2003. 

Sean is active on campus in a number of roles including worker Co-Chair of the Brockville Health and Safety Committee, two terms on Academic Council and as a member of the Brockville Social Committee.  Sean is an avid supporter of Student Life events because of the benefits they have on Student Success, he regularly participates in staff/student Intramurals, student sponsored events and supports the athletic banquets and convocation ceremonies tri-campus.

Away from SLC, Sean has been involved in a number of community organizations including two terms as a Councillor for the Township of Front of Yonge, Chair of the Mallorytown Christmas Parade Committee and a longtime volunteer with the local Jr. A Brockville Braves.

Sean looks forward to helping provide sound and insightful governance to support the continued growth and success of St. Lawrence College. Sean is excited to learn from this experience and help the college pursue its strategic plan while maintaining clear sight of its vision, mission and core institutional values. Sean is very proud of his time at SLC as both a student and an employee, and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to support our college.

 Sean Burns

Ginette Ferguson

Ginette Ferguson, a former graduate of St. Lawrence College in the nursing program, Ginette Ferguson now holds the position of Senior Director of the Operating Room and Emergency Department at Cornwall Community Hospital. With 8 years of healthcare management experience and 25 years of overall healthcare experience, Ginette has an in-depth knowledge of healthcare operations at multiple levels and a demonstrated proficiency in staffing, training and development, budgeting and program management.

Ginette values the important role that St. Lawrence College plays within our community, specifically the Cornwall Community Hospital, noting that the hospital relies heavily on the quality education St. Lawrence College provides its graduate nurses and practical nurses, as well as the paramedics and other ancillary graduates in preparing them for the workforce. She feels that it is to everyone’s advantage to ensure that the College remains a robust learning institution for both the community and economic sector.

Ginette is familiar with the fiduciary duties, accountability and educational expectations required of a volunteer governor and is looking forward to contributing to the St. Lawrence College Board of Governors.

 
 Ginette Ferguson

Robin Hicks (Administration Rep.)

Robin Hicks is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science which includes the Schools of Health Science, Baccalaureate Nursing, Applied Science and Computing, and Skilled Trades and Tourism.

Robin is passionate about making quality education accessible, helping students to reach their goals and serving the needs of our communities in Eastern Ontario.  Her professional experience spans 25 years and she holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and a Certificate in College Leadership and Management.  She first joined the SLC team in 2005 as a Professor and has since held positions as Program Coordinator, Associate Dean of the School of Community Services and now serves as a Dean.  As an active member of the community and the college sector, Robin has contributed as part of many committees and boards including, for example, the College Degree Operating Group, the Employment Ontario Service Delivery Advisory Group, Kingston Homebase Housing Board, and the National Council of Deans of Technology.

Robin has lived and worked among the many communities served by St. Lawrence College and she currently resides in Kingston.

 Robin Hicks

Denis Martel

Denis Martel Denis lives in Cornwall with his wife Micheline. Born and raised in the city, he attended École Secondaire La Citadelle where he later taught from 1986 to 2011. Upon graduating from the University of Ottawa (B.Phys.Ed. ’79; B.Ed. ’80), Denis started his teaching career in Brampton. After retiring form education, he achieved the status of a fully accredited court interpreter (French/English) and worked in the Ontario court system from 2012 to 2014.  

Now fully retired, Denis spends more time with his grand-children and has increased his involvement in the community, something he feels we should all attempt to do: "There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return" Nelson Mandela. It is with that optic that he has gotten involved with St-Lawrence College, an institution that, he feels, is essential to the well-being of our communities, our province and our country. Further, he has recently been appointed to the "Friends of the Summerstown Trails" board of directors, a local organization that promotes an active lifestyle in the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry area. In his spare time, Denis is presently learning Spanish.

Micheline and Denis are passionate about traveling in order to pursue their favorite activities of hiking, cycling and skiing. They have visited all provinces and territories in Canada (save Nunavut which is on the short list of future destinations) as well as many other countries to further pursue this goal and to enrich themselves with the knowledge of other cultures. They also enjoy canoeing and kayaking and can often be seen paddling the waters of the St-Lawrence River.

 

Denise Nielsen (Faculty Rep.)

Denise Nielsen is a full-time professor at St. Lawrence College, proud to be living and working in Cornwall, Ontario, teaching a variety of courses in Communications, Critical Thinking, Ethics, and Literature. Denise’s background is in writing and editing. In her early career Denise was a naval officer and worked in naval control, training, and ultimately as a technical policy editor for the Department of National Defense. Since leaving the navy, she has worked as both a newspaper editor and a book editor, as well as a member of a corporate innovation and marketing team before starting to teach at the college in 2010.

As a professor, Denise’s mission is to help students develop the communication, research, digital literacy, and critical thinking skills they will need to succeed both academically and professionally, and to do so using a classroom approach that integrates inquiry, applied learning, and reflection. In addition to teaching, Denise is actively involved in other college initiatives. She is a member of the President’s Advisory College Council, was an early adopter of hybrid learning, and has contributed to Professional Development in Cornwall and tri-campus (at the Learning Connections conference). In addition, her keen interest in curriculum development and design led to her becoming a member of the SCTL Program Mapping team in Fall 2016. This past year, Denise was also involved in a cross-Canada collaborative research project to explore the current state of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Canada’s colleges and identify ways in which the state of SoTL in Canada’s colleges might differ from that in Canada’s universities.

 Denise Nielsen

Michelle Podhy

Michelle Podhy, a Chartered Professional Accountant, is recently retired (2016) and was formerly the Office Managing Partner of KPMG Kingston, where she was an audit partner for the past 20 years.  She completed a six year term with KPMG Canada’s Board of Directors.  Michelle was with KPMG for 35 years since her graduation from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree.

Michelle has extensive experience in auditing public sector and not-for-profit organizations. This experience involves all aspects of audit planning, control and reporting, including liaison with audit committees, councils and boards of directors for large public sector clients in higher education, health care, municipal, foundations and other not-for-profits. Michelle was the client engagement partner for St. Lawrence College for 5 years up to the year ending March 31, 2013.

She has always lived in the Kingston area and has many years of experience working as a volunteer for many not-for-profit organizations.  She currently serves on boards for Providence Care, Museum of Health Care at Kingston, Anna & Edward C. Churchill Foundation and The Ballytobin Foundation.

 
 

Roger Richard

Roger Richard recently retired having enjoyed a 30-year career as Superintendent of Business Services & Treasurer for both the Limestone District School Board and the Lennox and Addington County Board of Education. Roger is very passionate about education and has witnessed first-hand the tremendous positive impact educational institutions can have on young people in our society. Earlier in his career, Mr. Richard served as a commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces at CFB Valcartier in Quebec City.

He holds an MBA from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the Royal Military College of Canada.

He currently volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors with the School Boards’ Cooperative Inc., a not-for-profit that provides advice and guidance on workers’ compensation issues. Mr. Richard has served on a number of not-for-profit boards over the years including Chair of the OMERS Pension Board. With his extensive board experience and background in education, Roger is very much looking forward to joining the College’s Board of Governors and anticipates contributing positively to the College’s mission.

 Roger Richard

Gregory Ridge (Student Rep.)

Born and raised in Kingston, Greg Ridge is a graduate from two of its educational institutions. He has a Bachelor's of Arts in English Language and Literature from Queen's University and an advanced Business Administration diploma, specializing in Accounting, from St. Lawrence College. He will be returning in the fall for his Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Greg is a believer in making the most of his time. From 2011 to 2014, he and several other artists founded a theatre company called Impromptu Productions where he acted as a producer for a number of shows. He has also acted in several productions and been a member of the orchestra for productions such as Cats. Greg is also politically active and sits on the Executive of the Kingston and the Islands Riding Association for the New Democratic Party as the Chief Financial Officer.

During his time at SLC, Greg works to excel in both extracurricular activities and academics. He has been a recipient of the Dean’s List award for every semester he has attended and was the winner of the President's List award in 2017 for leadership in the student community. In 2017, the team of which he is a part were the winners of the St. Lawrence College Accounting Competition. Additionally, he works to better the college for the student population: for two years, he sat on the Board of Directors for the Student Association; and in his second year, acted as its Chief Governance Officer.

When he is not on campus, Greg is working as a Financial Administrator for both the Physics Department at Queen's and the Sudbury Neutrino Observation Laboratory (SNOLAB). He lives with his wife, Zoe Harris, in downtown Kingston.

 Gregory Ridge

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson was appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2012 and served as Chair in 2015 and 2016.

He brings over 35 years of experience working closely with Boards of Directors, Trustees, and Municipal Council Members in senior management and strategic planning roles in both the private and public sectors. He most recently moved from the role of President and CEO of SRB Education Solutions; a leading North American supplier of administrative computing systems, to Director on the Advisory Board for SRB’s parent company, StarDyne Technologies. Between 1988 and 2000, Steve held the positions of General Manager, Information Technology for the Toronto District School Board and Director of IT with the City of Vaughan and Vaughan Hydro.

Steve received his MBA from the University of Ottawa and an Honours Degree in Political Science and Economics from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a certified Information Systems Professional and currently also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the KEVgroup, a software supplier serving the North American education sector.

 Steve Thompson - board of governor

Trea Tuck

Trea Tuck is the managing partner of the law firm of Henderson Johnston Fournier in Brockville, Ontario.  Her practice areas include Corporate Law, Succession Planning for Businesses, Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Residential and Commercial Real Estate.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, she was a registered nurse practising in the areas of critical and intensive care. 

Trea grew up on a farm near Martintown, Ontario.  After graduating from the nursing program at St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall Campus in 1990, she emigrated to the United States due to the economic realities of the time and the scarcity of nursing jobs in Ontario.  She attended the University of Texas in 1998, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Summa Cum Laude, in 2000.  Looking for a new challenge, Trea attended law school at the University of Houston in 2002 and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2005.  She moved to Tokyo, Japan, that same year.  During her time in Tokyo, she earned a Master of Laws degree from Temple University’s Japan Campus and worked as an Associate for a large Japanese law firm practising international corporate law. 

Several life changing events prompted Trea to return to Canada in 2010, making Brockville her home.  She became licensed as a Barrister and Solicitor by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2013 after articling with Henderson Johnston Fournier.

Trea is dedicated to her community and has a passion for self-betterment and education.  She currently serves as a governor of the River Institute in Cornwall, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of the St. Lawrence River and other river ecosystems; and as a director of the Canadian Institute of Extreme Racing, a non-profit organization promoting fitness through the annual Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache, Alberta. 

When she is not practising law or volunteering her time, Trea can be found at the gym, riding her horse Manatonna, doing yoga, enjoying time with friends, and travelling.

 Headshot of Trea Tuck, Board of Governors

Glenn Vollebregt

President and CEO

Appointed President and CEO of St. Lawrence College on January 2, 2013, Glenn Vollebregt is committed to SLC’s mission of student success, academic excellence and leadership in our communities. He is passionate about student success and providing opportunities for higher education.

Glenn brings a broad and diverse range of senior leadership from the private sector, municipal government and higher education.  He holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of London, UK, a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), (CPA) designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario and is a proud College graduate with a Business Accounting Diploma form Georgian College.

Glenn believes in health and wellness, is a passionate tennis player, runner and cyclist and practices yoga.  An avid reader, Glenn ensures that he finds quality time to spend with his family one of his most important priorities.

 President and CEO Glenn Vollebregt